Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.

 

Stephen Hawking

 

ESA successfully test flies mini-spaceplane

RATE THIS! +22
Posted in Science on 12th Feb, 2015 06:58 PM by AlexMuller

While SpaceX aims to launch NASA’s DSCOVR satellite later tonight, the European Space Agency launched its own spaceplane earlier this morning aboard a Vega rocket. Called the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, or IXV, the spaceplane looks like a miniature version of NASA’s Space Shuttle.

 

That makes sense given the vehicle’s purpose; the robotically controlled IXV is meant to help the ESA figure out the best designs for a future reusable vehicle, one that can autonomously reenter the Earth’s atmosphere from space.

 

But unlike the shuttle, the wingless IXV has a lifting body design. That means the spacecraft itself generates lift within the atmosphere. To do this, the shape of the IXV resembles something of a giant wing, helping it to minimize drag during reentry.
 
The ESA launched the IXV at 8:40 a.m. EST from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. At an altitude of 211 miles, the IXV separated from the Vega rocket and continued upward to 256 miles above the Earth’s surface, well into the thermosphere (where the atmosphere gives way to outer space).
 
It then fell back to Earth, reentering the atmosphere at an altitude of 74.6 miles, travelling at about 4.7 miles per second. Overall, the trip generated the same conditions a vehicle would experience returning from lower Earth orbit.
 
The entire trip, from launch to a parachute-guided splashdown in the Pacific Ocean--only took about 100 minutes. But during that time, 300 sensors aboard the IXV recorded valuable data that the ESA will use to guide future vehicle designs. “This mission will teach us a lot about the technologies we need to apply in new launch systems, in particular when we think about reusable systems,” said Gaele Winters, ESA Director of Launchers.

Tags: spaceESAspaceplanespacecraftsciencehardware

Read original article » Back to category

Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-02-13
+1
It seems that this test provided the information for further improvements and flights - it all takes some time and even more funds to ultimately give big returns Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
+0
To fabricate a fuller perception of area, a much additional alnlcmbraei-g advanced education experience and too to augment the entire normal commencing the university. In his identifiable terminology, Robert Zimmer, Head of the University connected with Chicago. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
+0
To fabricate a fuller perception of area, a much additional alnlcmbraei-g advanced education experience and too to augment the entire normal commencing the university. In his identifiable terminology, Robert Zimmer, Head of the University connected with Chicago. Reply


 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Science on 2017-07-28 16:30:41
    Elon Musk names yet another launch date for SpaceX’s.....read more
    Posted in Medicine on 2017-07-28 16:21:55
    Stem cell brain implants could 'slow ageing and extend life'..read more
    Posted in Business on 2017-07-28 16:15:58
    Facebook and Google had 99% of online ad growth..read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-07-27 15:19:10
    Could 'cocktail geoengineering' save the climate?..read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-07-27 15:13:16
    Ketamine has 'truly remarkable' effect on depression..read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Nanoparticle vaccine shows potential as immunotherapy to fight.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Obesity is top cause of preventable life-years lost, study shows..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Light can be utilized to control gene function..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Brain stimulation restores memory during lapses, research shows..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Wax worm caterpillar will eat plastic shopping bags: New.....read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me